PHILADELPHIA - Senior Kevin Christy (Hatfield, PA / North Penn) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but visiting Richmond got its first hits, and runs, in that inning to beat La Salle, 2-1, on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field. Christy (1-1) suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. He scattered four hits and struck out eight.
The right-hander leads the Atlantic 10 in strikeouts and kept the nation’s top home run hitting team to just one base-runner in the first six innings. Only that second inning walk kept Christy from perfection.
The North Penn graduate is six strikeouts away from moving into third on La Salle’s all-time list. He has 193 in his four year career.
In the seventh, Mike Small broke up the no-no with a single up the middle and Richmond would take a 2-1 lead on Chris Cowell’s RBI single and Phil Ruzbarsky’s sacrifice fly. Christy then worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam by striking out the next two batters.
The Explorers (15-11, 3-2 A-10) threatened in the seventh and eighth, getting the lead-off batter on each inning and advancing him to second on sacrifice bunts, but could not drive him in. LU went down in order in the ninth.
Neither team had much offense on the damp day in Philadelphia, combining for 10 hits.
No player in the game had more than one hit and there was just one extra base hit on the afternoon.Senior Caolan Ronan, junior Ryan Donahue and freshman Adam Cherry combined to throw the final two innings without allowing a run.
La Salle took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when senior Marc Schoch singled, moved to third on junior Joe Bennie’s single and scored on freshman Kevin Conroy’s fielder’s choice.
Zak Sterling threw seven innings, scattering five hits and allowing one earned run. He walked one and struck out two to improve to 3-1. Alex Maffet picked up his second save by throwing the final two innings.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1:30 PM.